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Miami County judge: Defense won’t get records in teen rape case

A Miami County judge has ruled there were no documents in county Children’s Service Board records that could be used by lawyers defending a Troy man and former Ohio High School Athletic Association official charged with felony rape.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee agreed Friday to review the agency’s confidential records as part of the case against Henry Lucas, 53.

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Children’s Services Board lawyers asked the court to quash a subpoena from defense lawyer Kevin Lennen seeking to review records for possible exculpatory evidence that could be used in Lucas’ defense.

Lucas is accused of sexual contact with a teenage girl in Troy in March 2017 and has pleaded not guilty. He was a longtime official for the OHSAA before his license was suspended following his arrest last year.

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In court Friday, Autumn White, attorney for the Children’s Services Board, asked Gee to review the records privately to determine if any information would be “beneficial enough to outweigh the confidentiality” of the agency’s records.

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In a written decision, Gee said he reviewed “every page of every document” to determine if any should be turned over to the defense. “The court finds that there are no documents in the CSB file that are subject to disclosure,” the judge said.

Lucas is free after posting bail following his arrest.

A trial in the case is scheduled Sept. 25 and 26 in Gee’s court.

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